Antibiotic resistance in the food chain - BBC ‘Real Story' Investigation

by 5m Editor
17 August 2005, at 12:00am

UK - A BBC ‘Real Story&#39; investigation was broadcast on 15th August, which looked into antibiotic resistance in the food chain. The Health Protection Agency (UK) has been advising the BBC on the making of this programme for many months. One of the agency&#39;s laboratories carried out the testing for levels of antibiotic resistant bacteria found in chicken, and we have also provided a number of briefings and interviews with our scientists. The testing carried out for the BBC was similar to previous studies and did not highlight any new areas of concern. Using these results the programme has continued to assert various links between the use of antibiotics in farming, levels of resistant bacteria found in the chicken samples and human illness. The science is not there to prove some of these assumptions and therefore the HPA does not support them. <i>Source:</i>

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